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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,610 ratings  ·  548 reviews
Spy is an enthralling new novel from Danielle Steel, whose countless #1 New York Times bestsellers have made her one of America's favorite storytellers. ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Dell
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England. The book spans across decades following it’s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.

Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage. However, in 1939 when Alexandra should
Lynn Horton
Compared to the other historical fiction I read (and I just finished Alan Furst’s Under Occupation), Spy is pretty elementary. Steele’s writing is very basic, and the story isn’t atmospheric at all. There’s so much “telling” and not “showing” that I cringed.

When Steele and Taylor Bradford were up-and-coming novelists, I was too busy with family and business to read much fiction, so I didn’t read them then. I read my first Taylor Bradford this year and wasn’t impressed. The writing was much like
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Spy very much. The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country’s history proved interesting. I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by. It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very d ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating with one badass female protagonist. Alex’s story takes off at a great pace and does not slow throughout. This is a one sitting read that deals with so many themes: war, espionage, tragedy, love and family. Just a very good story by Danielle Steel!
Denise Breen
I was excited to read this one at first because it was a historical fiction story. I was disappointed because there was no depth to the story. The story is about a young girl from a good English family that goes to work in London during WWII and ends up becoming a spy. While there are details about her adventures, they don't go into real depth and I felt like I was reading a summary, not an actual book.
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra Wickham is an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life ... in secret!

This is classic DS complete with her trademark rose-colored glasses/world is your oyster outlook. It was everything I wanted in a light-hearted, pre-Christmas read. In short, a happy reader!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I’ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s. And that’s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse. However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it. Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.

This novel was actually a sweeping family epic r
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‘There was no turning back, and she didn’t want to. She was an agent of British intelligence, and beyond the fear and victory and her own amazement, there was an overwhelming feeling of pride that she had done something for her country at last, something that mattered and would save lives. And she was willing to sacrifice her own life to do it.’

Danielle Steel shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that she has issued her 185th published novel with
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spy is a good piece of historical fiction. Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII. I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage. The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels. It's an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman. I found it though provoking and immersive. I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for ...more
Donna Hines
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.
Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.
I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.
She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.
She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in stoppi
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the fact that Danielle Steel likes to go in new directions, but this was not a great direction for her to go. The first half was OK, but when she started to discuss history (Pakistan separating from India, the Cold War in Russia, etc) it really distracted from the story, IMHO. Then she tried to cram about 20 years of story into 20 pages -- if she had cut out the history story, which added little to her plot, and built out the ending a bit more it MIGHT have been better. Not great fo ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating book! WWII espionage is quite intriguing and it wasn't a hard decision to read this book.

I really loved Alex's linguistic abilities. Her ability to be fluent in so many languages was so interesting. Especially since some of them weren't easy languages.

At times I felt the book repeated itself a little, and some of the chapters got a little long winded on details that I didn't care about. But overall this was an excellent book.

It is always interesting to read about profess
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While competently written, and carefully executed, “Spy” felt too shallow and summary for its potential. Alex’s story had the potential to be so much more exciting, with her adventures during World War II and its aftermath. As she and her husband travelled as diplomats, I felt like I was being given an outline, rather than being invited into their lives to share the adventure
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just ...more
D.S. has done it again!!!!!!!!! Spy has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last page. Alex is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty- something years career. She has some dangerous missions and some easy ones. Her job takes her all over the world and we follow right along with her. Thank you to Netgalley and Random house Publishing for my honest review
Laura Kelly
Simple. Boring. I love historical fiction books, but this was not one of them. The idea was good, but did not go into enough depth about the story and seemed rushed. Danielle Steel needs to keep with romance novels.
Karen Bayer
I had high hopes that this book would keep me interested, but it disappointed. I must stop reading her books.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick read about World War 2. Alexandra is a young lady who decides to join the war effort by driving vehicles in London. Since she is fluent in several languages, she is asked to become a spy for her country. I am sure the way her job was depicted in this book was not true to the way spying really was, but much more glamorous.
DeAnna Knippling
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Brit female spy durung World War II, and her life afterward.

Solid. Not an author I usually read, but I couldn't resist the topic. The book had a personal-history sort of structure that normally just annoys me, but I just flipped the pages on this. Something of a realistic wish-fulfillment book, if that makes any sense. Total comfort food. Apparently based on the stories of some of the author's friends finding out their mothers had been spies. (How cool is that?)

Total escapism. The character me
Anne Brown
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars

Wow, this was like a middle schooler had read a few WWII spy novels and decided to write their own. That's how bad it was. Extremely limited sentence structure, only telling no showing, zero emotional connection to the characters, and very obvious lack of editing (SO MANY repeated sentences only a few chapters later. We are talking almost identical descriptions or explanations of things that were already obvious). I found myself cringing many times not just over the poor writing style,
Bert Z
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, I like all of Danielle Steel’s novels, however, I think perhaps Ms Steel is a little in over her head with this one. Trying to include parts of history, it just didn’t feel right from a writer like Steel. She excels when she’s writing about modern contemporary middle aged women, leave this stuff to the Patricia Highsmith’s and the John Le Carre’s of the world.
Tiffany S
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Danielle Steel in years. This book reminded that there are so many amazing historical fiction authors right now and unfortunately Danielle Steel is not one of them. This book felt poorly researched and like written to honor a contract. ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely attracted by the title and I wasn’t wrong. I got quickly hooked and enjoyed the story and the characters. Without any doubt the author had a good knowledge about what she wrote. She definitely knows how and what to write.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant. Danielle Steel at her absolute best .
Jessica Senn
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly terrible book. I disliked the writing style, truly cringed at the editing, and was SHOCKED at the lack of basic research done. In fact I do believe the only enjoyable and well done part of the book was the dust cover. Props to the person who wrote the blurb that convinced me to read this. I have never desired to read a Danielle Steele book, but the description looked like it would be something that I would truly enjoy so I gave it a shot. I knew by page 4 that this was going to b ...more
Christina Hutt
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Danielle Steel books since I was a teenager. The last dozen books or so have felt like either she was rambling and repeating herself over and over OR the book seemed rushed. This book is old school Danielle Steel. This is the story of Alexandra Wickman. She lived a life of privilege, being presented in Queen Mary's Court. Then Hitler came to power and Alex, along with her two brothers, William and Geoff, join the fight against Germany. Alex volunteers in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanr ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Pan Mac for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed Spy! We follow Alex over the decades from 1939 in this fast paced novel. It was different than I was expecting but I still thoroughly enjoyed it nevertheless. It was a quick and easy read filled with action, romance, secrets and suspense.

I loved how Alex defied gender stereotypes and was a fierce female lead especially for the time it was set in. I also loved reading how different romance was in the 194
Diane Saul
I enjoyed this book. This is the story of a young English girl during WW2 who becomes a spy for England. This follows her career and personal life thru the years. It was an enjoyable read, although the 2nd half of the book seemed to drag a bit. It held my interest, although I did skim a few parts in the last half of the book. I felt the characters could have been better developed, but if you are looking for a book that will entertain and hold your interest this book will fill that role. Thank yo ...more
Charla Cope
It took me forever to get through this. The summary sounds promising but I was disappointed. Alex is likable as a character but this was too shallow. I kept waiting to get emotional invested yet it never happened. I felt like as the reader I was on the sidelines and not right there inside this story and the last half was more like an outline of events than anything.
Alex Curtis
Jun 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
The writing is so simplistic and so utterly predictable that it makes this book boring to read. Apparently this book was just churned out. I bought it to read over a four day trip and read it in one day. No substance at all with the exception of some interesting historical references. Find something else to read.

I love her books but this one was so bad!
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include All That Glitters, Royal, Daddy’s Girls, The Wedding Dress, The Numbers Game, Moral Compass, Spy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift ...more

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